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What is Perfume

What is Perfume

What is perfume? Perfume is made from either natural ingredients like the essential oils of plants or the musk of animals, spices and man made chemicals. The mixture of these ingredients are blended with an sd alcohol (which is a very pure form of alcohol) or oil.

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Shopping tip 101 Shopping tip One of the best ways to stay focused while shopping is to take a picture with you out of one of your favorite magazines. If you take an image with you, not only will it help you and a sales staff to pull together the look you want, but it will also help you stay focused on what you came to the store for in the first place as well as save money.
Source your magazines-meaning pull out the information that inspires you, put it in a binder and recycle the rest. I started doing this when I was in college and it has been a lot of fun. It also saves time and space.


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I love womens shoes. I have no idea why I love them as much as I do. It is a true obsession.

All the girls in my family seemed to be afflicted with it, thought some have it more then others.

I thought for the longest it was some weird little oddity that only my family had.

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 The Fabrics Choosing Organic Linen Food for Thought


A brief history; cotton has been spun woven and dyed for thousands of years. Ancient Indians, Egyptians and the Chinese all used cotton in their daily lives.  The earliest known cultivation was in Mexico about 5,000 years ago.

This indigenous species is the most widely planted today constituting about 90% of worldwide production.  The greatest variety of species is still found in Mexico. It is the most widely used textile in the world today.  It grows in the form of a ball. 

It is fairly uniform with fibers ranging from 12-20 microns thick with the average length 7/8 to 1ΒΌ. It is breathable and soft and absorbent. It  will retain about 25% its own weight and is stronger wet then dry. It can stand high temperatures.

How you dress can change your life

food for thought We live in our heads our whole lives. Each one of us perceive the world differently. How we feel about ourselves ultimately governs our experiences.Looking your very best can be an excellent way to start you on the path of higher self esteem. Care how you look and feel when you dress. Love each part of you.

Remember style and fashion are not created equal.  

When everything is said and done all of our experiences are internal .  So weather we are watching our son or daughter graduate , scuba diving in the clear waters of Kauai, at a job interview or picking out melons at the farmers market. We live in our heads . So wear clothes you love and express you personality.

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Here are the ten most common cotton fabrics.
  1. Chenille is a wonderful plush and very sot fabric. You'll often see high end Chenille bathrobes and slippers in better retail stores.
  2. Denim a tough cotton twill fabric . You will usually see this fabric used for Jeans .
  3. Flannel Plain or twill weave finished with a nap on one or both sides. Flannel is used a lot.
  4. Gauze is a sheer and loosely woven. I've seen some  interesting shrugs, and scarves.
  5. Jersey A stretchable knit fabric consisting of 2 ribbed fabrics joined together. T-Shirts, various
  6. Organdy is another very sheer thin fabric that is stiff.
  7. Polished is either a plain weave or a satin weave that is finished to appear shiny through a chemical process.
  8. Poplin is a very crisp fabric a varies weights. Used for jackets frequently.
  9. Terrycloth is an absorbent looped fabric used for its ability to absorb moisture. Bathrobes.
  10. Voile Is a sheer lightweight fabric. It is used in blouses and in layers over evening dresses.

FYI: Mercerized is fibers that have been permanently straightened

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Buy Organic

Organic means without harmful pesticides or insecticides.  This wonderful fiber is a pesticide intensive crop, using roughly 10% of the world pesticides and 25% of the world’s insecticides.  Organic farming uses natural enemies to keep in check harmful insects.


An has an ancient and royal past, Ancient Egyptians loved this fabric.  Linen was considered the symbol of purity, light and wealth.

 Linen is one of the oldest known fabrics. It is from the flax plant.  Linen is the strongest of the vegetable fibers making it 3 to 5 times the strength of cotton and more lustrous then cotton.

t is a smooth fabric and get softer with each washing.  Highly absorbent and cool to the touch, it can gain 20% moisture without feeling damp.

It wrinkles easily unless blended with other fibers. It is one of the best fabrics for warm weather.  This is a fabric that is actually stronger when wet. It has an antibacterial and anti fungal properties.

It also has naturally UV properties.  It usually washes extremely well. Flax is showing up in stores as well as hemp and ramie. Ramie and hemp have almost the same hand as linen. They also have most of the same properties as linen.


is a stiff linen used for belts and collars


is a plain weave somewhat stiff  and heavy fabric. It has a similar feel of cotton canvas. originally used for butcher aprons used for jackets and coats.


is linen you’ll probably see most often. Though it is usually used for dining.Dress this fabric is a plain tightly woven linen that is used for dresses, shirts and blouses.
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